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Re: Mc Digest, Vol 13, Issue 14

Subject: Re: Mc Digest, Vol 13, Issue 14
From: Ben
Date: Sat, 28 May 2005 14:35:21 -0600
I have a problem I am hoping members of the list may be able to help me with. 
This is going to be a bit long-winded, for which I apologize, but I feel that I 
need to explain the problem as much as I can. So:

I have a new mac mini, which I like very much. The mini is a bsd derivative 
underneath, and has a terminal application. xwindows can be run, but it is a 
separate app. More on that below.

MC can be compiled there (jumping through a LOT of hoops, but that's not my 
goal. I have some remote server systems, red hat 9 systems, that I administer, 
and my habit is to do so via MC, because I'm very familiar with MC and I just 
plain like it.

I've found a way to do it -- very indirect -- by opening the X implementation, 
opening an xterm, slogin to the server, then opening another xterm that "lives" 
on the server -- at that point, MC works perfectly. But it's annoying to hop 
through all those steps, and slogin requires a LOT more network overhead than 
does an SSH or TELNET connection. Some of the servers are remote, and that 
overhead is a problem.

The problem with SSH via the Mac's terminal to the server is that the character 
set and keystrokes are all screwed up. I don't know why; I know that the 
terminfo databases and suchlike are what deal with this issue, but I don't 
understand them at all.

So if I log into the remote server via SSH and type mc, I get a mess; it's 
unworkable. Even using the switch to turn on using + and - as the "line drawing 
characters" doesn't resolve the problem.

So -- can anyone show me a path that will end up with a remote mc invocation 
working under the Mac's (OS X 10.3.9) terminal this way:

[terminal] - ssh - mc

 Or am I doomed to the following slow and step-heavy process:

[x] - xterm - slogin - xterm - mc


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